The Priscilla is an oyster sloop that was built in 1888 and is the oldest and only sailing workboat to survive from the Great South Bay Oyster Fleet. It was deemed a national landmark, and continues to live thanks to the meticulous care of a core of very dedicated volunteers at the Long Island Maritime Museum who keep the boat looking beautiful and in tip top shape.
The Priscilla allows you to travel over 100 years back in time to when oyster sloops provided food to those who were too poor to afford anything but these oysters which at the time were very inexpensive and abundant. Today the Priscilla continues to serve those in need through SailAhead by taking wounded veterans sailing as a form of therapy, and out into the Great South Bay of Long Island to explore the coasts that sailors lived off of over 100 years ago.
The who's who of our Priscilla Program:
Michael Caldwell, Ed. D.
Michael, a very active retired doctor of education, is currently the Sail Program Director of the Long Island Maritime Museum. Michael, an avid experienced sailor and United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain, enjoys sailing and sharing his knowledge of the sea with others.
His entire professional life has been about educating and instructing. During his lengthy career, Michael has held many positions from teacher to Assistant Principal, up to Director of Human Resources at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.
One of his most cherished experience was when Michael was a sailing instructor at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Maine.
Priscilla Team Leader
Sandy grew up on a farm in South Dakota. She worked in a bakery and restaurant until she joined the army at the age of 18. She did her basic training in South Carolina, her specialty school in Texas, and was shipped off to Germany where Sandy was a medical record specialist.
After the army Sandy worked for the post office until she retired. Since retirement, Sandy has been following and has become a pastry chef. Sandy loves baking for family and friends!
Sandy is our Priscilla events organizer, these events are growing and are becoming an important part of our healing program.
Call SailAhead at (631) 831-8763 for more information on past and future events.